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State Rep. Scott Petri Taking Over As Philadelphia Parking Authority Leader

Scott Petri
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The state representative who covers Upper Makefield and Wrightstown will be stepping down to a take a new job.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Friday afternoon that State Rep. Scott Petri, an attorney who lives in Upper Makefield, will taking the reins as the new executive director of the scandal-plagued Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA.)

In order to take on his new position running one of the largest parking authorities in the country, Petri will have to step down from his state representative seat before starting his new job on Tuesday, January 2.

Petri’s 178th Legislative District is made up of New Hope, Northampton, Solebury, Upper Makefield and Wrightstown.

The PPA’s former executive director stepped down last year after sexual harassment scandals. Other problems, including questions of mismanagement, have been raised in recent years.

Petri previously ran for congress but dropped out after current Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick came into the picture.

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Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for five years for both newspaper and online publications. In 2012, Tom was honored at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation's Keystone Press Awards for his coverage of President Obama's visit to Falls Township in 2011. When he's not covering news in the area, Tom enjoys checking out the newest restaurants and bars, exploring forgotten places of industry in the area, going to local parks and spending time with his friends and family. If there's one thing you should know about Tom, he is a local news junkie through and through. Email: Phone: 215-431-1001